Staff

Rogelio Garcia –

Instructor / Owner

Rogelio is a high energy, encouraging and supportive individual that has brought the love for dancing to many people since 2002 when he joined the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Glastonbury, CT. He began his dancing endeavors at a very early age in his native country of Cuba.
His career at the Fred Astaire dance studio grew as he realize the many benefits that teaching will bring into people’s lives and through his passion for dancing, perseverance and professionalism he earned many top teacher awards in both regional and national levels. His success as a teacher encouraged him to move to the Mystic, CT area to open a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in 2007. A short time later his studio became one of the top studios in New England where he constantly earned top studio and teacher awards.
Rogelio believes in sharing his love for dancing everywhere he goes. This passion has now brought him and his wife Juliet, together as an incredible high-energy team that has opened the door to a new Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Warwick, RI. The excitement level is something you’ve never felt before!
Rogelio encourages you to visit Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s newest location in Warwick, RI and put him to the test. He is as excited and passionate about dancing today as he was the very first day he stepped on to a dance floor. Don’t wait any longer to come dancing!

 

Juliet Garcia –

Instructor/Owner

Originally from Germany, Juliet began dancing Ballet at age 5, followed by Jazz and Hip Hop. She began ballroom dance training at age13 as a student and participated in many performances and shows. Juliet soon discovered her love for teaching and decided to deepen her education in the New World.
Juliet joined the Fred Astaire franchise in 2004 to further develop her teaching and dancing skills. She started her Fred Astaire career in Norwalk, CT. Through dedication and hard work she was soon promoted to manager and earned several top teacher awards at regional events.
Juliet’s enthusiastic teaching developed many successful students over the years. She successfully participated in fund raising events, such as Curtain Calls, a non-profit annual fundraiser in Stamford, CT. Based on the “Dancing With the Stars” format, at Curtain Calls, she lead two of her three amateur partners to first place finishes.
In 2011, Juliet transferred to the Mystic, CT studio where she quickly became a successful teacher and manager. She applied the same energy and enthusiasm to her professional dancing.
Juliet competed and was a finalist in many Rising Star and Open Level competitions such as: the Manhattan Open, the Capital Dancesport, the Atlanta Open, the Tri-State Challenge, the Heritage Classic, the United States Dancesport Championships (USDC) and the Yankee Classic. Juliet and her partner were also one of the first couples to compete professionally at American Quickstep, a brand new dance style at the Yankee Classic in 2011. Juliet was Closed and Open American Smooth Champion in New England for three consecutive years, as well as National Closed Fred Astaire Champion, and the 2010 Fred Astaire Closed Smooth World Champion and Open World finalist.
Her exceptional dance skills earned Juliet and her partner mention in magazine articles such as DanceBeat, the premier ballroom dancing magazine. Juliet has consistently placed within the top teachers at competitions that reflect her dedication as an instructor. Her numerous years of teaching all over the world at many different dance levels have made her an expert at teaching beginning and advanced students alike. Experience Juliet’s passion and excitement for dancing; you will feel the difference. Now together with her husband and partner Rogelio Garcia, she is ready to bring this excitement to Warwick, RI

 

 

Paige Toolan-

Instructor

Paige Toolan grew up in the small town of Narragansett, Rhode Island. She started dancing at the age of 7 at Narragansett Performing Arts Centre. She began with Ballet and Jazz, which lead her to quickly fall in love with the art, so she started exploring other styles such as Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop. It was there that she competed at many competitions and realized dance was more than just a hobby, it was something she was truly passionate about.  She then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Because of her hard work, passion for choreography, and ability to draw in an audience when performing, she also received the “Distinguished Graduating Senior” award, which is only awarded to one student per semester. She is hoping to share her love for dance and help people find their passion too. Paige joined the Fred Astaire Studio of Warwick in 2017.

Emily Cortez –

Instructor

Emily Cortez is from Southern New Jersey and received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Dance from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She moved to Rhode Island to study Organizational Behavior and Fitness and Wellness at The University of Rhode Island. Emily started dancing Ballroom, Hip-hop, and Jazz at a young age. She was a part of Rowan University’s Dance Team and Modern Dance Extensions Company. She holds certifications in Zumba®, Bodypump Les Mills, Yogafit Level 1, AFAA (American Fitness Association of America) Group Fitness, and is CPR/First Aid/AED Certified. She was also Miss Rhode Island’s Sweetheart (first runner up) 2015 through the Miss America Organization! Teaching ballroom dance allows her to promote her passion, expression through the arts, health and wellness. She joined Team Warwick in 2016.

 

Michelle Bonneau –

Office Manager

Michelle first joined the Fred Astaire Warwick team in February of 2014; little did she know what a crazy ride and also rewarding career it would turn out to be! She earned her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts in 2013 from CCRI, and maintains that a well-rounded knowledge base is of the utmost importance! She studied and enjoyed many visual arts courses in college, and is delighted to be able to use her skills in her daily work. She hopes to be able to grow more in that field, and loves being able to share her passion with the public.

 

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Andrea Harmon-

Zumba Instructor

Growing up in North Kingstown, RI, Andrea was born to perform. Her passion for dance started at the age of 2, starting with ballet, tap, and jazz and then adding in gymnastics and hip hop throughout the years. She started acting at the age of 8 with Kaleidoscope Theatre, a traveling theatre company. Her love for latin dancing led her to become a certified Zumba instructor in 2013, teaching in East Greenwich and Warwick, which drove her to Fred Astaire Dance Studio and live out her ultimate dream of ballroom dance.
Her excitement, drive, and energy for dance motivates her every day. She believes dance is the rhythm of the soul and thrives on how it has inspired and continuously changed her life.